New due diligence tool to protect seafarers’ rights released

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New due diligence tool aims to help businesses uphold their responsibility to protect human rights at sea.

This is the message from the IMO who have issued a wide-ranging set of guidance to help enterprises using shipping services to protect the human rights of seafarers, as hundred of thousands are still stranded on ships due to COVID-19 imposed travel restrictions.

The Human Rights Due Diligence Tool is a joint initiative of the UN Global Compact (UNGC), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN Human Rights), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

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MSC introduces new Electronic Bill of Lading globally using WAVE BL platform

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MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, a global leader in container shipping and logistics, is officially introducing the electronic bill of lading (eBL) for its customers around the world, following a successful pilot phase, using a solution on an independent blockchain platform WAVE BL.

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Singapore restricts seafarers with recent travel history to India

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Seafarers are the backbone of the maritime sector. There are an estimated 1,647,500 seafarers serving on various ships globally. Off these, more than 770,000+ are officers and 870,000+ are ratings (non-officer rank).

In terms of ratings, Philippines is the biggest supplier of ratings, followed by China, Indonesia, Russia and Ukraine whereas China is the biggest supplier of officers, followed by the Philippines, India, Indonesia and Russia.

India as the 3rd largest supplier of seafarers in the rank of officers accounts for around 9.35% of the global seafarer population. This makes India a popular destination for crew signing on and off.

While the 2nd wave of COVID-19 continues its onslaught on India in the recent weeks, seafarers who have recently visited India may find themselves in a bit of a pickle especially if their shipping route involves Singapore and they were planning to sign on to the ship at Singapore.

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The Ever Given saga continues, amid positive news for some of the crew

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With the Ever Given still “legally” stuck in the Great Bitter Lakes in Suez Canal, discussions and concerns have turned to various other issues relating to the cargo, the ship’s crew and General Average.

The “arrest” of the ship by the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) which intends to recover losses of around $916 million including $300 million for salvage bonus and $300 million for loss of reputation, has further complicated life for the ship crew who must have been having anxious moments no doubt.

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Analyzing the cost of container scarcity and port congestion on freight operations – market survey & results

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The weight of COVID-19 saw supply chains buckle, as stakeholders had little visibility into end-to-end logistics operations. Last summer, an unexpected surge in consumption levels caught container lines by surprise, … Read more here..

Suez Canal suspends navigation as work on freeing Ever Given continues

Ever Given - Shipping and Freight Resource - Suez Canal

The Suez Canal Authority officially announced on the 25th March 2021 that navigation through the Suez Canal is temporarily suspended. Announcing the suspension, Admiral Osama Rabie, Chairman and Managing Director … Read more here..

COVID-19 crew change crisis still a challenge – IMO Secretary-General

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Crew change crisis is far from over and issues around vaccination need to be resolved. The crew change crisis caused by COVID-19 restrictions continues to cause challenges, despite some improvement … Read more here..

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